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The CDOT’s plan includes 21 goals, 84 strategies and hundreds of benchmarks laid out in one- and three-year increments to “chart a course toward building safer streets; reprioritizing transportation projects to increase access to opportunities for residents in historically neglected neighborhoods; and working with CTA and regional transit agencies to expand public transportation access,” among other measures.

Transit Briefs: Chicago DOT, FTA

The Chicago (Ill.) Department of Transportation (CDOT) has released a strategic transportation plan that it’s calling “the nation’s first” urban plan developed in the wake of the pandemic, economic and racial justice crises of 2020. Also, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is now accepting applications for its Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Environmental Document Preparation.

CP: TSB Fire Allegations ‘Irresponsible and Misleading’

Canadian Pacific has responded to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) investigation update concerning the June 30, 2021 fire in Lytton, B.C., which occurred in the vicinity of Mile 98.3 on CN’s Ashcroft Subdivision by stating that “railways are not a significant cause of wildfires in B.C., contrary to media and government speculation” and that “it is irresponsible and misleading to imply that railways are to blame for the fire.”

The Lava Fire damaged the Union Pacific's Dry Canyon Bridge located near Hotlum, California. (UP)

UP: Fire Car Fleet Provided Critical Assist in Lava Fire

Editor’s Note: Due to recent forest fires in Northern California, Union Pacific’s (UP) Dry Canyon Bridge and nine miles of track sustained damage. Here is the story of how the railroad’s team fought the fires and are now rebuilding infrastructure; it was originally posted on the Class I’s website. UP estimates that the bridge will reopen Sept. 1.